Military media of the Yemeni army on Saturday released video footage showing Yemen’s air defences downing a Saudi Apache helicopter off Asir region.
The video showed the moment when a surface-to-air missile hit the aircraft.
“Yemeni air defences have been able, thanks to God, to shoot down a Saudi Apache aircraft with a new surface-to-air missile, which we will reveal later,” Armed forces spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Sare’e said in a brief statement.
He explained that the helicopter was shot down this morning in Majazah area across from Asir while carrying out hostilities. “it completely burned and the crew of two Saudis were killed,” he added.
“The operation is documented by sound and image lens of the Military Media Documentation Unit.”
“Yemeni Armed Forces confirm that approaching the airspace of Yemen is prohibited. It will not be a place for a picnic for anyone and we will address all attempts by enemies until we reach the full protection of Yemeni airspace,” he added.
The downing comes three months after the Yemeni Armed Forces unveiled two types of air defense systems, Fater-1 and Thaqib-1, which has already managed to confront warplanes of the aggression forces.